Ham Radio - Amateur Radio
Looking for a great hobby ??
Moms and Dads,
Amateur Radio is a great technology based hobby for all ages, including
yourself and young people
(junior high age and up). It's a great Hobby to
meet new people that enjoy a wide range of Radio and Electronic
Ham Radio offers so many different areas to explore it's impossible to
list, let alone explain all possibilities on one page. Amateur
radio is the premier high-tech hobby. It's enjoyed by
people from all walks of life from around the world.
The rules for
becoming an amateur (ham) radio operator vary from country to
country around the world. We're going to tell you a
little about the hobby and how you can obtain the necessary license
in the United States.
As the author of this page, I
have been a Ham for 53+ years, and many times when telling someone
about my hobby they immediately say " Oh I know, your a CBer"
and I say , nothing could be farther from the truth.
absolutely nothing !!
clear the air on this misconception.
Do not confuse Amateur Radio with the unregulated CB radio service
which is crude, rude, unregulated & basically "out of control". CB is
not a good place for kids to hangout, just listening
introduce your children to lots of new 4 letter words, and a
"bottom feeder' mentality .
Once again , there is no similarity
between Amateur Radio and CB and/or the Family Radio
CB & FRS are a totally unregulated and have nothing to
do with Amateur Radio.
No license or brains are required for CB, just a dirty mouth !
we know the difference lets continue with Amateur Radio .
is a Licensed radio service. The Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, issues
amateur radio licenses in the United States. You don't need to learn
Morse Code anymore. It's never
been easier to get a FCC Amateur Radio License.
To get Licensed you must take
a test, its not hard, but you need to study and learn some
rules, safety, and operating practices and a few other things.
Once you pass your test you will be assigned a unique set of
radio operators must be licensed because they are given
transmitting privileges on a wide variety of frequencies and are
allow to use just about any equipment imaginable, even home
Amateurs are allotted not single specific
frequencies but usually whole ranges (bands) of different
frequencies to operate on. These frequencies and methods of
transmission are are specified by FCC rules and so it is
therefore necessary to be generally familiar with your operating
limitations in order to transmit lawfully.
to qualify for an amateur radio license, you must pass certain
tests to determine that you have the required knowledge.
Fortunately, the tests are not terribly difficult for most
people. There are three license levels (known as classes) where
each class grants greater privileges to the individual. There is
a single written test for each license class. The license
Technician Class - this is the entry
level license. It gives privileges on all amateur
frequencies above 50 Mhz , mostly for local
General Class & Extra Class
- these classes include privileges on amateur
frequencies that includes global HF (shortwave)
communications. world wide communications.
Who are hams and what do they do?
Heres a link to a 33 minute video that explains Amateur Radio,
and a lot of other radio
uses, Some ""fluff"" but a good video
you've only got to watch the first 25 minutes
Hams share a
fascination with communications, electronics, & new technologies. They're from all walks of life,
nearly every nation. They communicate by voice, data (computers),
Morse Code and other exciting ways. They build electronic circuits.
They compete via "on the air" contests. Plus, You never know who you'll
contact -- maybe a nurse
in France, a neighbor across town, an orbiting
astronaut or a factory worker in China. A Rock Star in California ??
I've heard ham radio's expensive...
some hams spend a lot of their budget on radios. But many
ham's "work the world" with a homemade wire antenna and an
inexpensive transceiver. Many people start out with simple gear,
and move on to more sophisticated equipment later.
How Do I Get Started?
started in Amateur Radio has never been easier. First, contact a
PARC Board of Director member. They can answer your questions.
find a personal tutor, in ham circles called a ELMER.
are invited to attend our radio club meeting. Get on
the PARC Email list, to receive occasional PARC
emails about local Ham events and meetings,
indicate you want on the PARC email list.
Radio Relay League, or ARRL, publishes popular ham
radio license study guides
to help you learn the things you'll need to pass your exam and
have fun with Amateur Radio.
Radio license examinations are administered by ham radio
volunteers. When you're ready to take your exam, you'll need to
locate an exam session near
Okay, you've got my interest — what do I do next?
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